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Editor's note: The following excerpt from the Inman News Blog asks readers to weigh in on the outcome of the Justice Department lawsuit against the National Association of Realtors. Click here to join the discussion and leave your comments. Debate: Who loses if DOJ wins? The ongoing battle between the U.S. Justice Department and the National Association of Realtors continues to strike a nerve among industry participants. The DOJ's antitrust lawsuit, filed in September 2005, accused the trade group of restraining competition in the industry by instilling overly restrictive policies for how MLS property listings are displayed on the Internet. (See latest update here.) Neither side has given any indication they will back down, with the NAR saying it will rigorously defend the accusations. Inman News is wondering what readers think of possible outcomes of the lawsuit. If the DOJ wins and NAR is forced to retract policies, what is the likely chain of events to follow? Who wins and who los...